York detectives are appealing for a vital witness to come forward following a robbery in the city.
A small hatchback drove directly past the scene of the incident and officers believe that the driver of the vehicle will have seen what happened.
At around 2.30am on Friday 27 January 2012 a 32-year-old man from Wirral, Merseyside, was attacked by two men outside Marks & Spencer’s loading bay on Piccadilly.
The men assaulted him in the middle of the road and stole his Blackberry and some cash before running off in the direction of the Travelodge at Postern Gate.
The victim was taken to York District Hospital for treatment to facial injuries sustained during the incident. He has since been discharged.
Officers, who have been reviewing CCTV footage and making enquiries in the area, are appealing for anyone who witnessed the robbery to come forward.
Detective Constable Julie Carter, of York CID, said:
This was a nasty incident which has left the victim with a quite serious facial injury.
I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident itself or was in the Piccadilly area of York around the time of the robbery to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.
“It is particularly important that the driver of the vehicle who drove past the incident as it happened gets in touch as they may have information which could help the investigation.
Anyone who can help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for DC Julie Carter or York CID.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12120013679.